|A local film production company, UpDog Studios and Inspiration Film Academy are proud to announce the Bradenton premiere of their first feature length film. “Ragamuffin: The true story of Rich Mullins” was screened on February 6th, 2014 at the Neel Performing Arts Center in Bradenton. ‘Ragamuffin’ is the true story of Rich Mullins, a prodigy musician who rose to Christian music fame and fortune only to walk away and live on a Navajo reservation. According to James Bryan Smith, author of Rich Mullins: An Arrow Pointing to Heaven, “Ragamuffin is a beautiful and moving film that captures one man’s struggle to overcome the trappings of success, and to learn how to accept the unconditional love of God”. Smith continues, “Whether or not you are a fan of Rich Mullins, you will be touched by this movie. It is honest, accurate, and unafraid to show Rich’s scars, yet pointing us all to the deeper truth even if our hearts condemn us, God is greater than our hearts.”
The executive producers of the film have collaborated to establish Bradenton’s first premier film school, Inspiration Film Academy. The academy is located at 7900 40th Ave. W. Bradenton FL 34209. Producers envisioned a film academy that would equip aspiring young filmmakers with the practical knowledge and real-world experience needed to be successful in the movie industry. The mission of Inspiration Academy Film School is to provide students with a true appreciation and understanding of the film industry and the real world dynamics of production. Inspiration Academy’s mentorship approach allows students to learn the craft of filmmaking from highly trained industry professionals. Instruction takes place in classrooms, an editing studio and live movie sets. The partnership with UpDog Studios allows students to learn using state-of-the-art equipment utilized by industry leaders.
In addition to film education, Inspiration Academy also offers elite sports training, innovative academics and spiritual and entrepreneurial development programs.
Applications are currently being accepted for new students.
For additional information about Inspiration Academy located in Bradenton, visit www.inspirationacademy.com or call 941.795.5466 (LION) to speak with an admissions representative.
For more information and to view the trailer and schedule for nationwide screenings of Ragamuffin: The true story of Rich Mullins visit: www.ragamuffinthemovie.com.